Casey Hale is a composer, performer and researcher whose diverse output is marked by his engagement with a broad range of musical cultures, motivated by a concern for how music makes meaning within its social contexts.
Called by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
a skilled craftsman with a keen ear for colorful and yearning sonic possibilities, he has written concert works for such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and TRANSIT. Most recently, his work has focussed on microtonal harmonic resources, utilising modified guitars and electronic media.
Trained as a classical guitarist, he has performed repertoire from the 16th to the 21st centuries—from Burgundian chansons, to electro-acoustic compositions, to Middle-Eastern folk idioms—on a variety of instruments, including lute and fretless guitar. He performs regularly on guitar, cümbüş and percussion with Orchestra Cube, an improvisation group based at Bristol's historic Cube Microplex.
As a researcher and analyst, his writings explore the intersections of cultural politics, genre and performance practice in musics of the 20th- and 21st-centuries.
He received his doctorate in composition from the City University of New York, where his teachers were Tania León and David Del Tredici, and has also studied with Joan Tower, Margaret Brouwer, Zhou Long and Lee Hyla. He currently lives in Bristol, UK.